World Boxing: Pascal Outscores Bute!
Monday, 20 January 2014 | Carl
JEAN PASCAL started fast against Lucian Bute, retained control through the middle rounds, withstood a late, late rally, and claimed a unanimous decision Montreal. The scores of 117-110, 117-111, and 116-112 were all in the 31-year-old's favour. Although both fighters were born elsewhere - Pascal in Haiti, Bute in Romania - this was very much a local derby between the two Quebec residents and was fought in front of 20,479 fans.
"I've been working very hard for this," said a delighted Pascal afterwards. "I've been working for five years to prove I was the best in this town."
Bute declared his desire for a rematch but his lacklustre showing, and 2012's violent loss to Carl Froch, does not bode well for his future at world level.
"I prepared and trained well but it didn't go as planned," said the 34-year-old former IBF super-middleweight boss. "My arms just weren't moving."
Bute was hurt and wobbled more than once in the opening rounds, and outfought during the middle sessions before coming alive in the last. It was his only moment of success during a disappointing 12-rounder.
On the undercard, heavyweight contender Mike Perez and Carlos Takam fought to a 10-round draw. Many observers believed Takam, the French underdog, had done enough to win.